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Selina enhances its app to help travelers connect

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Selina anticipates over two million visitors in 2022, and the new app enhancements should help increase the percentage of direct sales above the current 50% average.

NEW YORK - Selina, the fast-growing lifestyle and experiential hospitality brand targeting millennial and Gen Z travelers, continues to focus on the user experience with its latest update to the Selina app. The app, available on iOS and Android, features several enhancements, from a new guest connection feature to an improved user booking experience and personalization capabilities. By creating global travel experiences designed to serve the vastly underserved millennial and Gen Z markets, Selina is tapping into a growing cohort of travelers that prioritize authenticity and connection, seeking the ability to travel more often and more freely. On average, 66% of guests meet a friend during their stays, reflecting the effectiveness of Selina’s community-centered hospitality platform, which also impacts guest satisfaction, as evidenced by a superior Net Promoter Score for Selina. Selina anticipates over two million visitors in 2022, and the new app enhancements should help increase the percentage of direct sales above the current 50% average.

Key app updates:

  • Upon confirmation of booking, guests can opt in to find out who else is staying at the Selina property during their trip, helping to facilitate the company’s mission of curating meaningful connections. Those who choose to participate can see the first name, photo, and nationality of fellow guests before arrival, making for a helpful ice breaker when crossing paths on property. 
  • Notifications on the hotel’s upcoming events and calendar of activities assist travelers in planning unforgettable experiences. 
  • The app’s personalized home screen now adjusts content based on language and geolocation, providing guests with key information related to their upcoming stays, with intel like weather forecasts and more.
  • Other updates to the app's booking flow and integration of the brand’s loyalty token program help to drive a seamless purchase experience, supporting direct bookings.

“Our entire platform is designed to inspire meaningful connections, and by adding the capability for our guests to connect with each other and form relationships leading into their stays, we’re creating the opportunities for them to have even more impactful experiences that lead to lifelong friendships,” said Global Chief Marketing Officer Elad Nir. “As a lifestyle brand, the Selina experience is about much more than finding a place to stay, it’s about immersing yourself in a local culture and connecting with like-minded individuals. This is central to what Millennial and Gen Z travelers look for, and the updates we’ve made to our app enhance our ability to meet and exceed their expectations. It also demonstrates our commitment to further integrating technology into the fabric of our business.”

The update to the app further demonstrates Selina’s commitment to enhancing its proprietary tech platform, enabling Selina to scale quickly, operate efficiently, and continue building direct sales, which represent over half of bookings to date. Selina is leveraging its proprietary technology across varied facets of the business, such as: 

  • Tech-Enabled Operations – Selina’s locations can be fully cashless with remotely monitored utility costs and the ability to predict maintenance issues from our headquarters.
  • Owned Property Management System (PMS) – Selina’s owned, and flexible PMS can create and sell alternative products like subscriptions, co-working packages, tokens and more.
  • Selina Exchange – Selina’s platform can exchange unsold rooms to content providers like musicians, artists and yoga instructors, which reduces programming costs.
  • Proprietary Real Estate Sourcing - Selina leverages its proprietary technology to identify and renovate underperforming hotels in partnership with local real estate owners, who cover 90% of conversion costs, and artisans, who embed a local cultural influence, to create destinations that combine the comfort and style of a boutique hotel with coworking facilities and local social experiences, generally driving significant increases in revenue compared to a property’s prior operations.
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